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Andrew Bolt ‘won’t be silenced’ by the Press Council, as he ‘refuses to respect’ proceedings

Political commentator Andrew Bolt has claimed he will not answer any questions or respect Press Council proceedings around an article he wrote about mass immigration.

Bolt’s latest article, published by The Daily Telegraph on August 6, said no official body should “interfere in the exchange of opinions”.

The column, published on Monday August 6

Headlined, ‘I won’t be silenced’ with the sub-heading, ‘The Press Council is in no shape to pass judgement on my immigration views’, Bolt said he did not recognise its “moral right” to shut down debate, telling readers he would not answer any question a body puts to him and would “refuse to respect its usual request for proceedings to be treated confidentially”.

It follows a column Bolt wrote about mass immigration, which has allegedly received an ‘unspecified number of complaints’. The article argued a “tidal wave” of immigrants is swamping Australia and changing culture.

“It is time to fight the forces of shut-uppery that have stifled debates on exactly the issues that need them most,” Bolt wrote.

“This shutting down isn’t done just by our notorious thought police whenever the left is challenged – by the Press Council, courts and various human rights councils and tribunals that have persecuted cartoonists, students, bishops and conservatives for expressing their opinions.”

Bolt added he would never subject himself to a jury which includes David Fagan. Fagan is an adjunct professor at the Queensland University of Technology, a member of the Press Council’s adjudication panel and a former editorial director at News Corp, who last year boasted he “never published Bolt”.

News Corp, publisher of The Daily Telegraph, is a member of the Press Council. The company’s industry nominee member is Glenn Stanaway, group managing editor.

A spokesperson for News Corp told Mumbrella: “Andrew is an opinion columnist and has expressed his opinion.”

The company has not responded to questions about whether it will abide by Press Council rulings on Bolt’s columns.

The Press Council said: “Complaints about the Andrew Bolt article published on 2 August in The Daily Telegraph are being dealt with according to the Press Council’s usual procedures. It is not the Press Council’s policy to make public comments on individual complaints made to it.”

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